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Thank You — Gratitude-16 — Ned Garver and Others

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Ned Garver, a Major League Baseball pitcher from the tiny town of Ney, Ohio, which is nestled between the Northwest Ohio farm cities of Bryan and Defiance, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Ned gave back to his community. And that’s what I’m grateful for today. I’m grateful for the successful who rededicate their lives to their home towns. After his baseball retirement, Ned served his little berg as mayor, council member, and park board associate. For 14 years, he held a job at a local company.

One may jump on the Internet on any given day and read extraordinarily hateful remarks about athletes, celebrities, and others who are fodder for mainstream gossip. And that’s disgusting, coming from people who know nothing about which they speak, for the most part. This, while the facts are that many of these blessed individuals find numerous ways to return the wealth they’ve been given to steward.

Actor Matthew Broderick gave back during last Winter’s basketball season. He helped sponsor the “Never Forget Tribute Classic”, a roundball event that raised funds to benefit children victimized by the loss of their parents on 9/11, when terrorists struck New York City and killed thousands of innocent persons.

Former NFL great Fred Biletnikoff lost his daughter in a drug-related killing, after she had recovered herself and was trying to help another. What was Biletnikoff’s response? He helped found Tracey’s Place, dedicated to his daughter’s memory, and to offering a hands-on facility where persons with drug problems can recover.

These three examples speak of the specially blessed giving back monumentally to their communities, and to the people left behind by tragedy.

Acts of kindness and giving go on year round in our country, not loudly and with fanfare, but with sincerity for distributing helping hands and with dignity in serving humbly.

These are the attributes and the acts that make it worthwhile for humankind to know one another. And I’m grateful for that.

What are you grateful for today? Start a discussion here.

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Thank You–Gratitude-3–Sports

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Sports in Life

 

For those of you who take no special joy, or pleasure, in the world of sports, this gratitude to you may seem shallow. For me, however, one who finds much microcosm comparison in sports to life, I’m always thankful when we have sports figures who rise to lead by example and strength of character.

In that light, I’m thankful to have had the privilege to participate, at whatever distance, in the lives of two great sports figures, Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion, and LeBron James, basketball player extraordinaire. The two topped June news lines in 2016 and reopened conversations about “greatness in sports”, “giving back”, “being role models”, and numerous other thoughts on life.

Both achieved greatness in their chosen careers, both gave back extraordinarily, both suffered setbacks of enormous challenges, both persevered. Both have spoken volumes to us on living life the right way.

Since attacked by Parkinson’s Disease in 1984, Ali fought on, bringing awareness to that disease, as well as continuing to  fight the disease of racism. He has found his deserved final rest.

After feeling two years of pressure cooker anticipation in the city of Cleveland, James has reached the top of the mountain he promised Cleveland he would climb with them upon his return to that city. He and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city’s first ever NBA championship.

I’m grateful, as a normal human being, to have lived in their time and to have witnessed their individual greatness in the sports arena and in the sport of life.

 

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